Matt, age 7
Murfreesboro, TN (1994)
Although I was never really interested in girls, it wasn't until middle school that I realized I was gay. When I was in 6th grade, I saw Blink 182's music video for "What's My Age Again?" And in the video, the band runs all around town, naked.
I searched the internet long and hard, trying to find un-blurred pictures from that video. Alas, I was unsuccessful.
But I knew at the time, that I should be careful about what I was searching for. Because I didn't know how to clear internet search history at that point.
I admitted my homosexuality to myself early on, but I didn't completely come out until college.
Now I live out and openly, and couldn't be more happy with being honest about my sexuality.
As I look back at the picture of me with my hands on my cocked hip, my only wish is that I had come out sooner. The fears that I had at the time proved to be, for the most part, completely false.
For those struggling to come to terms with their sexuality I offer this:
Only you know when it is time to come out. But know that when you do,
you will be infinitely happier than when you were in the closet.